Its not missing an “s” and its nothing to do with music; the blue festival in Kuki is in celebration of blue (or blue-ish!) flowers that bloom at this time of year. It amalgamates two long running flower festivals – the Iris festival and the lavender festival.
The “festival” is from June 3rd to June 24th, which really indicates the viewing period. The events are mainly on during the weekends, with the weekend of the June 16th being the main weekend during the festival. Weather permitting there are music performances on June 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 24th. Generally the performances are just before lunch and / or just after lunch. Viewing is free.
Iris and Lavendar Blue festival in Kuki
The Iris are already in bloom and the lavender is coming into bloom now (June 7th). There are about 16,000 Iris in the area and approximately 8,400 lavender blooms.
Blue Festival Kuki Locations
The locations are spread out around the general area of the District Government office (mapped in the grey details box).
(Site of) Shobu Castle Iris Gardens
The site of the old Shobu castle is the main area of the Iris flowers for the Blue festival. There are approximately 16,000 Iris of 50 different variety.
There are a number of different lavender fields in Kuki. This is the main one for the blue festival. It is near the District Government office:
Access the Blue Festival
There is parking for up to 700 cars near Shobu Junior High School. The parking area is approximately a seven minute drive from the Shiraoka Shobu exit of the Ken-o expressway.
By public transport there is a special bus and temporary bus stop during the period of the festival only. It is about 25 minutes by bus from JR Okegawa station east exit bus rotary.
You can find even more flower festivals and other events in Saitama on the main events page